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next hour of "cnn saturday morning," which starts right now. from cnn here in boston, this is "cnn saturday morning." it is saturday, may 4th. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye in boston live this morning. new information today on how boston bombing suspect tamerlan tsarnaev died and where he will be buried. plus, new clues in the investigation surface in his home. security concerns following the boston terror attack are clear today at churchill downs. we'll tell you what kentucky derby organizers are doing to keep the crowd safe and running for their lives. raging wildfires threatening thousands of people in southern california. hear why the weather today could be crucial to that fight. we begin this morning with
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the latest developments in the boston terror investigation. the death certificate for suspect tamerlan tsarnaev says he died of gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to the head and torso. that's according to the owner of the funeral home where tsarnaev's body is being held. a search is under way for a burial site for tsarnaev. so far no cemetery in the area has provided one. last hour i spoke to the funeral homeowner who is actually still holding the body. >> basically most of them have declined to do this i think basically for some fear of reprisal. as i have told someone, at the immediate moment you may feel that but later on when things calm down, people are going to resent you because you didn't do it. we're having a problem locating a burial spot. we'll find something on monday. i said if i have to go to higher authorities, this is a bad situation. my view is that we have to do
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something. we have to bury the person. this is what we do in a civilized society. regardless of the circumstances. i separate the sinner from the sins. i can't pick and choose what i do. >> police are finding more evidence in the case. a source tells cnn explosive z residue was found at tamerlan tsarnaev's home in cambridge, massachusetts. tsarnaev shared that home with his wife, katherine russell and their young daughter. russell is staying at her parents' home in rhode island. erin mcpike is there. russell's attorney is insisting still that she knew nothing about her husband's alleged involvement. will this new discovery make that harder for police to believe? could this mean some trouble for her perhaps? >> reporter: let's remember that the fbi and investigators have been interested in katherine russell and what she might have
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known from the very beginning of this investigation. fbi officials have been stationed outside of her parents' house here for about the last two weeks and there have been lots of questions. earlier this week cnn reported that katherine russell played a call to tamerlan tsarnaev after seeing his picture on the news and attorneys continued to say that she knew nothing. i did talk to her attorney yesterday morning and they said investigators continue to question her. they've been spending house questioning her and they're showing her pictures asking her to comment on them. with these new revelations, it shows that's interest in there but that has continue and grown in the past two weeks. >> what about her behavior? is she trying to resume a normal life even though she's in the spotlight right now? >> reporter: well, she is staying with her parents right now in this house of theirs behind me and their young daughter 2 1/2 years old is with
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them. we haven't seen much of that 2 1/2 year old. we have seen katherine russell leave several times. we saw her go to the verizon store earlier this week and saw her go out to lunch yesterday and one of her friends who picks her up often when she's leaving is actually here right now so we might see her leave again to head out for errands or in fact go downtown to her attorney's office any minute now, randi. >> all right. appreciate your reporting there for us this morning. and now to the dilemma surrounding tamerlan tsarnaev's body. so far no one is stepping forward to provide a burial ground. i want to bring in our national correspondent susan candiotti tracking this for us. there have been protests too. not only nobody wants the body but there have been protests about the idea that he could be buried here in the boston area. >> there are some people who say it shouldn't make a difference. do acknowledge that the man has to be buried some place at some point. there is also another vocal
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group of people who don't want him anywhere in the boston area and said for example maybe they ought to send his body back to russia where he is from. as this protest goes on, there is no clear answer in sight as to how this will end. the family overseas is calling for an independent autopsy because they don't accept the results of the medical examiner's office here. >> there is protesting here and protesting in russia even about the investigation, is that correct? >> believe it or not, investigators are now looking at that. russian investigators are looking into a webpage that has showed up in saying there's not one single piece of evidence against him referring to dzhokhar. some people are rising up saying this entire investigation and charges against him are trumped up at this point. they are trying to track down who started that.
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there are pafmplets being distributed. there will be a boston fund-raiser. aerosmith, jimmy buffet, james taylor, new kids on the block and others will perform there. funds will be going to victims of the marathon bombing. now, overseas to syria and other news. 247 people have already been killed in fighting there this weekend according to opposition groups. meanwhile, israeli aircraft have bombed a shipment of missiles in syria. israel says the weapons were bound for the hezbollah militia in lebanon. >> what i can say is we have a
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very clear policy that if the syrian regime tries to transfer a chemical weapon or what we call game changing weaponry to terrorist organizations, israel will not remain passive. we're serious about it. >> the israeli attack comes as the obama administration is considering military options against syria but the president says he doesn't foresee american boots on the ground. the u.s. is still investigating whether the syrian government used chemical weapons against its people. people forced out of their homes are nervously watching a raging wildfire in california. wind has been whipping the flames up for the past two days and the fire has now threatened as many as 4,000 homes. i want you to look at this. people ran down the street as flames burned right next to them just feet away.
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it was a terrifying experience. stephanie elam is live in newbury park, california, this morning. where do things stand right now? any improvement? >> reporter: well, we can tell you that as of this morning, fire officials say the fire is 30% contained and still just at 28,000 acres burned. that number did not increase overnight. that's good news. obviously residents are very concerned about the progress of the firefighters because we are across the street from a trailhead. they are doing control burns. the flames are coming up. this is what they want to do. they want to burn down this brush so fire can't move this way if winds were to pick up. winds are in our favor. very calm at this time. this is good news. residents some still evacuated. some mandatory. some at their own will. we talked to a couple residents to find out what it's been like for them. did you ever see any firemen around your house or anything? >> they came through and told us
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it was a voluntary evacuation and when we decided to stay, we left for a few hours and when we came back at around 10:00, the sheriffs knew we were there and they said they would compounding on t on the door if it came close. >> reporter: the residents we have spoken to this morning feel like they are getting communication and they would be safe. some feeling like they didn't want to leave their homes others leaving because family members were ushering them to but it feels like they are getting a handle on this fire. that's good news, randi. >> all right. stephanie, thank you very much for the update there. that is good news. the boston bombing suspects seemed like regular, american men but their online activity shows they started visiting jihadist websites at some point. we'll tell you how their alleged self-radicalization may have come about. to call...wrong. metamucil has psyllium, which helps lower cholesterol, promotes digestive health, and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
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pamphlets. from initial online activity, tsarnaev brothers would seem like any other young american but at some point they went from being care-free young men to self-radicalized jihadist. what made them change? >> reporter: what could inspire anyone living in america to create a plan that brought on so much destruction? the question of whether they had collaborators is yet to be answered but dzhokhar tsarnaev has told investigators they acted alone. allegedly inspired by what they saw as unjust wars in iraq and afghanistan and the claim is they radicalized themselves by
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what they read and heard online. the preachings of radical american cleric were likely to be among the videos that the tsarnaev brothers watched according to a government official and investigators looking into whether "inspire" was readi lby the brothers and that was a how-to manual for terrorists. >> it was a main recruiter of young muslims in this country as far as self-radicalizing. >> reporter: one of the pressure cooker bombs used was similar to a bomb designed found in a magazine article make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom. after his trip to dagestan, it appears that tamerlan created a youtube channel in which he posted and removed a video of a jihadist leader, one who was
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later killed by russian troops. >> and that was jake tapper reporting for us. a mother lost declared dead and now found. up next, we'll tell you where she's been and what her family is saying 11 years after she disappeared. correxion max. the power of roc® retinol is intensified with a serum. it's proven to be 4x better at smoothing lines and deep wrinkles than professional treatments. roc® max for maximum results.
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welcome back to boston. an amazing story if a woman lost and found. she disappeared from her home in pennsylvania 11 years ago. last seen dropping her kids off at school. her husband and two children
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thought that she was dead but now she has suddenly turned up in florida. gary tuchman has the story. >> reporter: this is what brenda heist looked like when she mysteriously disappeared in 2002. from the outside looking in, everything seemed normal enough. but things were about to get, well, strange. she was about to walk out on her life and just simply vanish. this is her today, 11 years later after resurfaced without warning. her family thought she was dead. she was declared legally dead. how did this person transform so dramatically to this? it started in february, 2002. brenda and her husband, lee, were preparing to divorce. she was upset about how she was going to make ends meet. sitting in a park crying, brenda was approached by some people who invited her to go on a trip. on a whim she accepted and ended upe iing to south florida.
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for am umuch of that time she l with man in a camper. for the rest of the time, she was homeless under an assumed name. we know all of this because since brenda resurfaced, she's talking. an officer has been working the case for all 11 years. >> she thought of her family and her children every day and her parents. however, she never acted on that and never made any phone calls. not one. she was pretty much at the end of her rope down there living on the streets. i think she just has had it. her health wasn't good. and she was just tired of running. >> her husband is remarried. this picture shows lee heist and his new wife along with two children he and brenda heist had together now all grown up. a short time ago, lee heist told us on the phone about how stunned he was when he found out
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brenda was alive. >> we felt that perhaps she had been carjacked because of where the car was found. we never knew for sure. i really did think she had died and unfortunately in probably a not a very pleasant way. this was a terrific shock to us. >> reporter: lee heist was questioned by police about the d disappearance and lived under a cloud of us suspicion for a lon time. >> people wouldn't allow their children to play with my children because of what i might be. the oldest son is a college graduate seeking work in the law enforcement field. lee heist was asked in our telephone interview if he wanted to talk to brenda who is now in protective custody. >> well, honestly, i don't think after all of this that there is
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anything good that would come of a conversation. i don't think it would be beneficial to her and certainly not to me but to my kids, absolutely. i would do whatever is necessary to make sure that if she wants and if the kids want and it would be their decision, i would make arrangements for them to meet with their mother. absolutely. >> reporter: as far as charges against brenda heist, it appears there won't be. police say there's nothing illegal about walking away from your family. gary tuchman, cnn, atlanta. >> what is reaction from the family of brenda heist? piers morgan talked to her daughter who was 8 years old when she disappeared. >> i was 8 and didn't really know what to feel. i thought she would come home because that year i made her a mother's day card. obviously i thought in the back of my mind she was coming back.
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and now, i mean, now i have a lot of different emotions. i'm mad. >> do you want to see her? >> as of right now i don't. i don't think she deserves to see me. i don't really have any plans on going to see her. >> one of your tweets say you hope she rots in hell. do you think your anger may calm enough to be more rationale about this or do you really think that it's beyond any redemption or apology? >> i hope to eventually forgive her one day for myself and not for her. i eventually hope to forgive her and move on with my life. >> her son says that he hopes his mother feels remorse for walking out on them. >> i would hope that she would see what i've done with my life despite everything she did.
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to pay respects to the victims of the bombings. there is quite a crowd here gathering this morning. the boston bombings have really changed the way that we plan for major events. even the sounds of sirens makes people very concerned in this area. in terms of major events, churchill downs racetrack security is being ramped up for today's running of the kentucky derby. everything from coolers to laser pointers all banned. and the track is asking people to report anything this might look suspicious. pamela brown is joining me live from louisville, kentucky, this morning. pam, how tight is security there? >> reporter: randi, security is a lot tighter this year than in years past. we walked around to the various entrances here at churchill downs and there's more wanding taking place at the entrances, more thorough bag searches. women are not allowed to bring big purses. you're definitely seeing a difference here. these measures were put into
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place in the last two weeks in the wake of the boston bombing. officials have been scrambling to get the word out to people and for the most part it seems like people did get the memo and talking to people here, randi, it's clear security is top of mind. after 9/11 security was tightened and now there's a bigger crackdown. they are banning coolers, cans, large purses as we mentioned. increased wanding. also a lot more federal authorities, local, state authorities as well. 100 more were brought in in the wake of what happened in boston and bomb sniffing dogs. more bomb sniffing dogs brought in here to churchill downs for this weekend. this is the largest sporting event since boston but it seems like people are not letting fear of another terrorist attack hold them back. we spoke to the president of churchill downs who said the public will play a big role in keeping everyone safe. let's take a listen. >> the first thing you do after an event like that is you get everybody back together and say what's the plan? do we need to make adjustments?
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you make sure that you let everybody know that they are as important as law enforcement. if you see something, say something. >> reporter: and, randi, it does appear some of the new measures are helping make things more expedient at the entrances. lines aren't too bad and that's a good thing because it is raining here in louisville and people aren't allowed to bring umbrellas through so it's clear that this weather is not dampening spirits at all. >> that's good to know. pam, thank you very much. president obama is wrapping up his trip to central america after a stop in mexico mr. obama traveled to costa rica where he met with the president there. he was greeted by her and a group of schoolchildren. later he joined a summit of central american leaders where he pledged continued support of security. he says without it, it will be hard for the regional economy so grow. the nra is gathering in
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whistlie ining at a white woman. a publicist for lil' wayne says pepsi and he parted amicably. and now the video of reese witherspoon. she calls her actions that night embarrassing. nischelle turner has more. >> reporter: reese witherspoon is accustomed to the spotlight but since her arrest, she's dodged public appearances until her apology on "good morning america" on thursday. >> we went out to night in dinner. we had too many glasses of wine. we thought we were okay to drive and we are not. it is unacceptable and we are so sorry and embarrassed and we know better. >> don't get out. >> police dashboard video camera
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chronicles the stop from start to finish. >> i don't understand. >> and everything in between. from her husband's very public field sobriety test to witherspoon's now infamous line? >> do you know my name? you're about to find out who i am. >> her gma appearance came hours before police dashboard video was released. >> any question i want to ask. you better not arrest me. are you kidding me? i'm an american citizen. >> i told you to get in that car and stay in there. >> her husband shown here being arrested tries to quiet her without success. >> i have to obey your orders? >> unable to deter the officer from taking her into custody, witherspoon tries a different line of approach. >> i'm now being arrested and handcuffed? do you know my name, sir? you don't need to know my name?
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>> not quite yet. >> you're about to find out who i am. >> i'm not worried about you, ma'am. >> perhaps that's what witherspoon meant by embarrassing. her explanation? >> i have no idea what i was saying that night. i saw him arresting my husband and i literally panicked and i saw different kinds of things. i was so disrespectful for him. i have police officers in my family. i work with police officers every day. i know better. it's unacceptable. >> when asked about what she learned from the incident, reese wrapped up her damage control interview with a touch of humor. >> when a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car. i learned that for sure. >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn, hollywood. all right. once again, we'll continue our coverage from boston here live coverage of the boston bombings as well. we also want to check in
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trying to use events like the tragedy in newtown as an opportunity. listen to a little bit of what she had to say. >> we have a mainstream media that tore apart another president for using fleeting images of 9/11 attacks in campaign ads crying that he was exploiting tragedy for political gain. well, that same media is now the reliable poodle skirted cheerleader for a president who writes the book on exploiting tragedy. [ applause ] this president flew in grieving parents on air force one making him backdrops on his campaign style press events. instead of leaders that offer solutions, we have leaders to practice the politics of
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emotion. now, emotion is a good and a necessary thing but we have politicians exploiting emotion for their own agenda. >> reporter: there you heard from palin delivering that message. the other big message is a celebration of the defeat of that attempt to expand background checks a few weeks ago in the senate. we expect to hear more of that today. randi? >> athena jones in houston. thank you very much. let's look at the other side. supporters of tougher gun laws plan to challenge the nra and talk about how their lives were touched by mass shootings. earlier my colleague victor blackwell talk with patricia in tucson when congressman gabby giffords was shot and six people were killed. >> what do you make of those remarks yesterday that the supporters of tougher gun laws see opportunity what chris cox said and sarah palin blasted the president for practicing politics of emotion, this e
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exploitation of people like you. what do you think of this? >> how insulting? it's unbelievable that they should say that. nobody is manufacturing reasons to use these horrible tragedies in political ways. they're in need of being changes. these laws need to be changed. obviously none of them have felt the pain or watched six people die on a sidewalk to say that we're using them as props is very insulting and disingenuous. >> do you endorse a new strategy to bring people affected by gun violence, gabby giffords, to the rose garden to take the daughter of the principal at sandy hook to a town hall meeting in the state of new hampshire. would you admit this a new up close and personal strategy?
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>> you know, i don't know the political aspects of doing that. people tell me i'm being used and i say that's a form of the word use and useful and if i can be useful in changing the laws and making the public safer, then by god use me. >> so you're in houston where this nra annual meeting is happening this weekend. what's the goal for you? >> you know, i've been to the nra meeting in 2010 in pittsburgh and i went to last year in st. louis and my mantra then was we don't want your guns, we want your help. this year we obviously know that is beyond their moral fortitude to be helpful in this cause. in my opinion -- there is a
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survey after survey that 74% of the nra rank and file membership believe stronger background checks is important and that it can be done and preserve second amendment rights. i believe that the leadership of the nra, the gun manufacturers, and the gun lobby are saturated in blood of these innocent people and that some of our ledges legislators have blood on their hands and they hope that we will go away. it's not going to happen this time. there's a grassroots movement and this is not going to go away. the nra is not going to win this battle. >> she says victims of gun violence aren't being exploited. she says they speak from experience. >> forget the gps. what if you could get directions in front of your eyes.
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>> reporter: we have a pair of the google glass. we have instructions. we're ready to take a test drive. glass, directions to times square. the glasses are very comfortable. you get used to them quickly. there's a screen you can look, showing you a map of how to get to times square. so whether you're in a cab or walking, you just follow what's on the screen. the glasses work with any bluetooth enabled phone, though the best fit is with an android phone running google's my glass companion app. here we are at times square. you can take pictures and record video. what a better canvas. now the cameras turn. on the cameraman. you can get some of the features of google now with the glasses but there are no third party apps yet. that's where the real potential is. i would love if i had an app that told me where the nearest mexican restaurant was to times square or something i could compare prices for a shop i was going to go into.
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that is not far off. no restaurant app, i'll have to rough it. can i have a pretzel? some busy new yorkers never noticed what i was wearing but those who stopped us were enthusiastic. >> is it the google glasses? >> do i look like "star trek"? google glass. how do you say hello in french? >> taxi! >> we're at the top of the rock, a beautiful day. you might want to have a body guard when you have these. they're about $1,600 a pop. they're very comfortable and fairly easy to use some of the simpler functions. i have to say, the setup is a little bit difficult. they're still working connect e connectivity issues. that's something they'll have to iron out. okay, glass, take a picture. take a look at that view. this definitely feels exciting. i feel like i'm looking at the future but there is a learning curve, no doubt about it. wait.
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this is -- is it still recording? did i turn it off? maggie lake, cnn, new york. >> just a bit of a learning curve there. "cnn newsroom" starts at the top of the hour. fredericka is in for that one. those glasses look cool. if anything if you don't get the picture right at least you look cool in them. a lot straight ahead beginning at noon eastern, something from everyone, from live reports from the derby. we'll be talking about the security measures and the fan fair at the kentucky derby and more on the boston bombing investigation from the latest arrests to evidence collected from the suspect's apartment to a possible intel failure. members of the homeland security committee will be joining me in the 1:00 eastern hour to discuss what's coming up next week. and jurors begin deliberations in the jodi arias trial. our legal guys examine the closing arguments. and after a judge lifts a gag
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order in atlanta, two teachers talk to me exclusively about the atlanta public school cheating scandal and what life has been like for them. all that beginning at the top of the hour. just less than seven minutes or so away. all right. randi, back to you in boston. >> all right, fred, looking forward to it all. thank you very much. closing arguments in the jodi arias trial are over. was the prosecution able to convince jurors that she is guilty? we'll find out how they did after a quick break.
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closing arguments in the
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jodi arias trial are over. the prosecutor is trying to paint her as a liar who carefully planned the killing of travis alexander. while the defense says that she killed the victim in self-defense. our ted rolands has the details. >> reporter: jodi arias sat and watched as both sides argued over how they believe she killed her exboyfriend, travis alexander. >> absolutely without a shadow of a doubt she's a liar. >> reporter: prosecutor juan martinez told jurors that arias planned alexander's 2008 murder driving from northern california to arizona armed with a knife and a stolen gun. he says after having sex with alexander she attacked him when his guard was down, while he was posing for these photos in the shower. >> she knew. she absolutely knew and had already planned it. she knew. she was going to kill him. >> reporter: family members of travis alexander broke down while martinez showed crime scene photos showing the
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brutality of the killing in which alexander was shot in the head and stabbed nearly 30 times. >> he was killed in three different ways. a stab wound to the heart would have killed him. the obvious thing, the slitting of the throat would have killed him and the shot to the face would have killed him. >> reporter: martinez warned jurors not to believe a word of what jodi arias told them during her 18 days on the witness stand when she claimed that she killed alexander in self-defense. and can't remember the details because of ptsd. >> why is it that you have no memory of stabbing travis? >> i can't really explain why my mind did what it did. >> she's acting the part. and she's lying. she's making it all up. she has lied to everybody. it doesn't make any sense. >> none of it makes any sense as it relates to premeditation. >> reporter: defense lauren nurmi argued that the idea that
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jodi arias went to see alexander to kill him doesn't make any sense, saying if she planned to kill him she would have done it right away when she got there instead of spending the day with him having sex and taking photos. >> she could have just shot him right there if that was her plan. she didn't. doesn't make any sense that this is a premeditated murder. >> reporter: nurmi also attack the victim, travis alexander, saying not only abused arias but was a pedophile. he play a portion of a phone sex tape when alexander compares arias to a 12-year-old girl. >> who says that? you can't not write that off to the heat of the moment. that is sick. and that is wrong. you can't put any spin on that. >> reporter: combined both sides argued for more than seven hours, prosecutor juan martinez had the last word. >> in this case, travis victor alexander was slaughtered by
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this woman. slashed his throat. she stabbed him in the heart and then she shot him in the face and all of that, thinking about it in advance. thank you. >> reporter: ted roland, cnn, phoenix, arizona. >> and new this morning, five u.s. soldiers have been killed by a bomb in southern afghanistan. no word yet on precisely where they were stationed. the taliban launched its annual spring offensive this week with attacks aimed at foreign military bases and diplomat areas. earlier this week, a roadside bomb killed three british troops. also new this morning, israel now confirming that it conducted an air strike friday in syria. an israeli official tells reuters the strike targeted a shipment of missiles bound for hezbollah in lebanon. the attack was authorized in a secret meeting of benjamin netanyahu's security cabinet. they vowed to strike targets they think are being used to
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transfer weapons to hezbollah or other terrorist groups. an israeli defense official tells cnn, quote, we will do whatever is necessary to stop the transfer of weapons from syria to terrorist organizations. i'm randi kaye, reporting from boston, thanks so much for watching this morning. "cnn newsroom" continues with fredricka whitfield. >> good morning, everyone. families are desperately trying to get away from a raging wildfire in california. firefighters have been working around the clock but there could be some relief today. and new evidence is surfacing in the boston terror investigation. details straight ahead on that. plus, there's a growing dilemma about where to bury suspect tamerlan tsarnaev's body. and if you thought growing marijuana was an easy way to make money, think again. we'll have more on the difficult science of cultivating pot later on in this hour. all right. we begin in california where people forced out of their homes are nervously watching a raging
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wildfire. wind has been whipping up the flames for the past two days. the fire has threatened as many as 4,000 homes. take a look at this. people running down a street as the flames burned right next to them just feet away. stephanie elam is live from newbury park, california. where do things stand right now there? >> reporter: the good news, fred, is that overnight, firefighters were able to contain the fire now at 30%. that's a little bit of growth there. they say the acreage of land that was born is 28,000. that's the same as the day before. that's good news, that they're getting a hand on the fire here. there's a change in energy as well. a lot of neighbors coming out to see where fire stands but it doesn't have that nervous energy we were seeing over the last couple of days. behind me, the smoke that you're seeing here, these are from controlled burns. firefighters are burning this on purpose because there's a lot of dry brush. we haven't had a lot of rain here. they're doing that to make sure
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this area is burned out. there's no more fuel and it will protect the homes on just the side of the street where i am and this is where a lot of the evacuations have been. fred? >> and what about people who have evacuated and, perhaps, in other regions where the fire is threatening folks have not left their homes yet. what's the status? >> reporter: right. with some of them, they did stay in their homes. they didn't feel like they were that threaten. they were keeping up on updates on facebook and twitter, listening to whatever information they could get. others decided to stay in their home. it became a personal call. we found out from a couple residents how it's been for them. >> did you see firemen average your house. >> they came through and told tuesday was a voluntary evacuation. sheriffs knew we were there and they said they'd compounding on the door if it came close. >> reporter: and that's the thing, they were waiting to get
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any information. one thing helping today, the winds have calmed down. if you look at the way the flames are going, that smoke is heading back over that way. that's rural area, wild land that on the other side is the pacific ocean where we were live yesterday. this is pretty much burn. if the winds were to shift and come this way, they'd be concerned about that, fred, right now things are looking much better. >> given that things can turn on a dime. the women that you spoke with, do they explain why theymy it's worth the risk, take a chance and stay in their homes? >> reporter: staying in their homes. a lot of people wanted to be there in case they thought the flames did come close, they couldtry to fight back a little bit. but people with small children, pets, they didn't take a chance. for a lot of people it was about gauging whether or not their homes would be at risk and if they could do anything to help them. >> stephanie elam, thanks so much in newbury park, california. keep us posted.
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we now have new information today on how boston bombing suspect tackmerlan tsarnaev tie. the death certificate says gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma to the head. so far, no cemetery in the area has provided a burial plot. the fun ram homeowner told randi kaye if he can't find a cemetery plot for tamerlan, he plans to ask the government to find a grave. >> basically most of them have declined to do this. i think basically there some fear of reprisal. at the immediate moment you may feel that but later on when things calm down, people are going to resent you because you didn't do it. and we're having a problem locating a burial spot. we will find something on monday. if i have to go to the higher
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authorities, this is a bad situation. my view is that we have to do something. we have to bury the person. this is what we do in a civilized society. i can't separate the sinner from the sins. i can't pick and choose. what i do. >> earlier this week when tamerlan tsarnaev's body was taken to funeral home in the town of addelburo, protests were held outside. susan candiotti joins from us boston with more details about protests taking place overseas, susan? >> reporter: hi, fred, yes. at this hour here in boston as people here at this memorial honor the dead and injured from the boston marathon bombing, a world away, overseas in kyrgyzstan and in other regions of russia in that region, there are people protesting as you said. there's even a web page that has
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been created that authorities are taking a look at that includes the sentence, there is not a single piece of evidence against him. that's a quote in referring to the bombing suspect charged in this case, dzhokhar tsarnaev. they're also taking a look at some pamphlets that are being circulated overseas in that region as well. protesting the u.s. investigation of dzhokhar. fred? >> now, susan, investigators are also finding more evidence in tamerlan tsarnaev's home where his brother also stayed. what more do we know about the residue of bomb-making material and other physical evidence that's been retrieved? >> reporter: well, sources are telling us they have been able to find bomb residue on the kitchen sink, on the kitchen table and in the bathtub. officially they're not commenting on this. we don't know whether anything else has been -- in his word,
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dzhokhar's statement to them, that the bombs were constructed in the apartment where his older brother lived with his wife and their small child. but certainly it's stunning information to hear if true, if what he says is true, that the bombs were constructed there. and certainly, it seems they have been able to collect some physical evidence that that was the case. >> susan candiotti, keep us posted from boston. so the boston bombings have changed the way we plan for major events countrywide. at churchill downs racetrack in kentucky, security is being ramped up for today's running of the kentucky derby. everything from coolers to laser pointers banned. and the track is asking people to report anything that looks suspicious. pamela brown joining us live now from louisville, kentucky. you got a little rain in the background, too, there but
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that's not dampening the spirits. people are coming out in large numbers. what are they encountering as it pertains to security procedures? >> yes, fredericka, a lot of new measures put into place just in the last few weeks as officials scrambled to figure out ways to make it even safer here at churchill downs. this is the largest sporting event since the boston bombing. 160,000 people at least expected here today. it's clear security is top of mind. kentucky derby weekend is usually all about the big hats and the mint juleps. and, of course, the horse races. but nearly three weeks after this sporting event ended in tragedy, folks here are thinking about more than waging their bets. >> reporter: is what happened on your mind today? >> yes. it definitely is on my mind just for the fact that it's such a large crowd. you just never know what
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people's intentions are. >> we are coming from chicago and we're both talking today about how are you scared at all about it? obviously it was on the forefront of his mind and my mind coming in today. >> reporter: security has been tight at the derby since 9/11 but now officials are cracking down even more. >> the first thing you do after an event is get everybody back together and say what's the plan, do we need to make any adjustments. >> reporter: among those adjustments, a ban on coolers, cans, even large purses which came as a surprise to some. 100 additional officers from federal, state and localing as were brought in to contact more thorough searches on the estimated 150,000 spectators pouring in to churchill downs. most racing fans are taking the increased safety measures in stride. >> i was happy to hear that they had increased security. it means, you know, less make-up and goodies we can bring in but it's worth it to be more comfortable and to know that we're going to all look after
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each other today. >> i bought this purse just for this. >> reporter: one change had some women racing to the store. >> the only thing was we had to shop for different size purses. >> i heard the department stores had a ruler on the counter. >> every store you went in there was a ruler. >> reporter: and fredericka, the fact you can no longer bring large bags has helped move things along at the strauentran. it is raining here. people cannot bring umbrellas in to churchill downs. that's a measure that's been in place for several years. as you said earlier, nothing is dampening people's spirits here today. >> as it pertains to the race, this kind of rain you're experiencing right now won't in any way delay what's planned later on this afternoon, the most exciting two minutes? sports? >> reporter: no. so far, everything's going really smoothly. people have been expecting this
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rain to come. it's been in the forecast for several days. so far, so good, fredericka. >> fingers crossed. we want to see that derby take place. pam brown in louisville. as the young boston bombing suspect sits in a jail cell, he's getting support from halfway around the world. where it's coming from and what that could mean for the u.s. as investigators dig deeper into the case. also, closing arguments in the jodi arias trial are over. but did jodi's defense attorney put forward a convincing case? the american dream is of a better future, a confident retirement. those dreams have taken a beating lately.
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getting back now to the boston bombings. we learned a lot of new details this week about the suspects and what they may have been planning. sources say younger brother dzhokhar tsarnaev told investigators that he and his brother had initially planned a suicide attack and that they were aiming for the fourth of july. i'm joined now by our international security analyst jim walsh. good to see you, jim. >> good to see you. >> do these new details in any way change your view at all, lead you to believe the brothers could be or were linked to an organized terror group? >> well, you know, at this point, we don't know for sure but it looks increasingly as if this was something where they were not getting help from overseas. those investigates continue. one of the interesting things you reference, because they thought they might originally target the fourth of july and they didn't because they made better progress than they anticipate. in other words, they were doing
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things, testing, organizing, trying to put together logistics in preparation for an attack. that would seem to suggest they were working on their own. there have been reports police have been in rural areas near dartmouth looking for possible sites they could have been testing explosives. again, we'll want to see what that travel to russia was about and chechnya. so far, law enforcement has been pretty clear in suggesting that there are no further dangers in boston. that would suggest this is located to them, with perhaps some outside support. on the ground here, it was limited to them. >> and then russia news agency interfax, reported special sources in kefound pamphlets. did that imflins the investigation in any way? >> i don't think so.
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i would draw a distinction between government and individuals in terms of the reaction. every time a government has been referenced at all, whether it was chechnya or kyrgyzstan, the governments were quick to blame the attackers. no government wants to draw the ire of the united states. then there are individuals. the u.s. is a major power. there are always people who are going to suspect it and think there's some strange plot going on. those are people who had grievances against the united states, already skeptical towards the united states. i don't think it will impact the investigation whatsoever in terms of how more generally the world thinks about it. that will depend on the next step the u.s. takes. after 9/11 there was tremendous sympathy for the united states. subsequent to that, there were actions taken where the international community, you know, was angry and responded negatively. right now i think the world community is sympathetic to us here in boston and whether that
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changes or not depends on how we handle it going forward. >> there were the arrests taking place of three individuals who were friends of dzhokhar, who were trying to help get rid of a computer, fireworks parts, et cetera. how involved in this mission do you think they might have been? do you think there's any reason to believe investigators are finding more information that would imply that they were much more involved than that? even in the planning stages. >> you know, yes, it's a great question. there's a whole set of people on the outside beyond the two brothers that may or may not have been involve. we have the college kids who it appears intervened after the fact, were not part of preparations prior to that. at least none of the charges suggest that. now in the last couple of days there's increasing focus on the spouse of the older brother. i think we ought to be cautious here. right now there are three
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possibilities any one of which could be true. it cowl be true she was aware of what was going on and supported it. there's evidence to suggest she was becoming increasingly religious and separated from her family and the community. it's a possibility. i would not jump to that conclusion. there are two other possibilities one is they had no idea what was going on, even if you find explosive residue in the house, that doesn't mean she was present at the time these things were being constructed and if there's literature on her laptop, i don't consider that damning evidence. we've had experiences in the past with serial killers and other terrorist plots where spouses and family members were completely srped. the third possibility is maybe she knew but she may have been coerced, abused or not under full autonomy to act on her own. the older brother had accusations of domestic violence from a previous girlfriend.
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we don't want to be accusing her if she's not involved. she has suffer and will continue to suffer as a consequence of all of this. i think we should let that story unfold on its on time. >> jim walsh, appreciate that from boston. of course we are learning more about this case overall against the bombing suspect, we're also finding out about the high profile team this young man has lined up to defend him. i'll tell you who they are and how they may make their case.
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the team set to defend the boston bombing suspect includes some of the nation's most high profile attorneys. our jake tapper looks at their resumes.
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>> reporter: when dzhokhar tsarnaev has his day in court he'll be defended by some of the best lawyers in the business. only two weeks after he and his brother allegedly set off the bombs that took three lives and severely maimed so many others, the court has appointed a defense team with client rosters that read like a worst of the worse list. miriam conrad, one of the country's best respected public defenders. conrad has defended notorious clients for more than two decades. this isn't even her first terrorism case. she assisted in the defense of richard reid, the so-called shoe bomber who tried to blow up a passenger plane in 2001 with explosives packed in his sneakers. she recently defended a muslim american radicalized by online videos who plotted to fly remote control model airplanes packed with explosives into the pentagon and u.s. capitol. he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. >> miriam is committed to the cases that have no chance of
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winning, just as committed as she is to the cases that she could possibly win. she's really hard working and cares a whole lot about her clients and really a determined tenacious lawyer. >> reporter: tamara burkhead worked with conrad in boston's federal public defender's office. >> miriam is extremely well regarded by the judges in boston as well as by the attorneys in the u.s. attorney's office, the prosecutors. she has an excellent reputation and combined with her own intellect and natural talent, she's a very effective attorney. >> reporter: she will have her work cut out for her. dzhokhar tsarnaev is charged with detonating a weapon of mass destruction. if convicted, he could face the death penalty. and for that reason, prominent
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defense attorney judy clarke also has joined the team. death penalty cases are her specialty. clark defended the unabomber ted kaczynski and jared loughner most recently. he went on a shooting rampage killing six people and severely wounding congresswoman gabby giffords when he shot her in the head. all escaping the death penalty, getting life sentences instead. >> the primary goal that miriam will have is saving her client's life and the first step toward doing that is making a connection with the client. establishing rapport so that he trusts her, so that she can get the information that she needs from him. and so that ultimately he respects and listens to her legal advice. >> reporter: legal experts say a big strategy for the defense team right now is to delay.
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until the american public is not paying as close attention. jake tapper, cnn, boston. let's talk more about the legal strategy. let's bring in avery and richard, our usual legal minds here. civil rights attorney avery freedman as well as criminal defense attorney joining us from las vegas, richard herman. gentlemen, investigators say dzhokhar tsarnaev already told them that he and his brother built the devices in tamerlan's home and now investigators say they found explosive residue in the apartment that tamerlan, the slain suspect, shared with his wife, katherine russell and their daughter as well. avery, this seems to be a very big challenge for dzhokhar's defense team, if he pleads not guilty, with that administration already. >> we have the not guilty plea
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coming up but obviously, the struggle here, i think it's a riveting one, there is so much other intelligence that needs to be developed. the extraordinary defense lawyers will try to have their klein the avoid the death penalty for a simple reason, we're going to provide you with information. whether the department of justice will accept that i think is unlikely. i still believe they will be asking for the death penalties specs in the charges. we have to see how this involves again. we have a hearing coming up in federal district court. that will tell us what's going to happen. >> with the discovery of evidence being made so public, can the defense argue that it will be hard for tsarnaev to get a fair trial altogether? >> they can argue that like scott peterson argued, like they all argue that, fred, but it's going nowhere. he is going to get the death -- unlike jodi arias who we'll talk about later, this boy is going to get the death penalty and if
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the u.s. attorney's office might not even entertain any issue of plea bargain here. and while the criminal defense attorneys are spectacular, avery's right, they don't get any better than that in these type of cases where you want mitigation and you want to delay and offer information up to spare his life. there is no other information this guy can give. he's not giving credible information. and our intelligence, i mean, really, do we have confidence in it? these guys, the other guys were on visas with violations. these guys are here are on asylum, fred. they're going to home to visit their families when they're here on asylum. it doesn't make sense. somebody dropped the ball big here. this gentleman that you're looking at on the screen, he is going to get the death penalty. i don't think there's any way out of it. >> there are other issues, fredericka. that is that, yes, we have the
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arrests of these three friends of dzhokhar tsarnaev this week. what do they know? we really don't know. they seem to be after the fact. the deeper, more complex issue is there's no way these two guys would have been able to assemble this level of weapons of mass destruction without the appropriate training. jihadist information notwithstanding. i'm convinced -- >> except there have been some who argue this is information that's right on the internet. it's easy to get. >> exactly! exactly! >> that's the argument. that's the argument. but six months in dagestan and kyrgyzstan and chechnya. let me tell you something, there is information that the older brother brought back here, this is much deeper than simply this prosecution. where we're in agreement is that i think death penalty will not come off the table. i think that's what dzhokhar is looking at. >> are we looking at potentially as they found residue in the apartment, that potentially, you know, this widow might be facing
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some legal trouble of her own, richard, down the line? >> yes. >> if it turns out her fingerprints are anywhere on the materials? >> not only that, they have telephone conversations with her between the older brother and her after his picture was posted all over the news. and law enforcement is very interested in what the substance of those conversations and apparently -- apparently there's recordings of those conversations. >> there's a picture of katherine russell up there. >> she may be an aider or abetter. >> making summings until such time as the case -- that's where this case has to go. >> yes. all right, gentlemen, we'll see you again in a matter of 15 minutes. we'll talk about what a paramedic says he saw when he responded to the 9/11 call from
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colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is expected to spark a boom in pot sales but for the growers that produce medical marijuana, it's proving to be a tough business in which to make money. our jim spellman reports. >> reporter: like many small businessmen, shawn gindy has employees, a warehouse, retail stores and his fair share of headaches. >> i make this business work paycheck to paycheck. >> reporter: his product is anything but usual. gindi grows and sells marijuana. >> this is a flower room, this
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is what it looks like. >> reporter: he grows the cannabis in this warehouse in denver and has two medical dispensaries in the suburbs. >> i have 20 people working for me. they do anything from growers to trimming to working as caregivers in the stores. >> reporter: so far, his business has been limited to medical marijuana, selling only to colorado residents with a doctor's recommendation and state-issued red card. last year voters passed amendment 64 legalizing recreational use of marijuana. the state is still working out regulations ahead of january 2014 when recreational marijuana stores are expected to open. dispensaries like gindi's are expected to be able to convert and sell to anyone over 21 but there are several catches. this is still against federal law. that must create an unbelievable amount of stress for you. >> yes, it does. i'm talking to you right now. there is a voice in the back of my head that, there is a
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nervousness to being in this business. >> reporter: a bill in congress would bar the federal government from going after people in states that have legalized marijuana but it's unclear if the bill has a chance of becoming law. are you afraid that all you've built here will be taken away from you? >> yes. i can't even keep my face straight saying that. that's such a real fear. >> reporter: nate runs the warehouse. i want to learn more about how you grow marijuana on essentially an indoor farm. where does it start? >> it starts in the lab. >> reporter: with cuttings known as clones. >> get a little gel on there. >> reporter: that go into these tanks for about two weeks, then to this room for five weeks under simulated sunlight. >> it gets a bar code. >> yes. every single plan is the coded individually. we're able to trace that plan the from this stage to the end
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product. >> reporter: then the light is cut back, to simulate the shorter days of autumn druggering the plants to flower and finally off to be trimmed and dried. the entire process is regulated by the state. after a criminal background check employees are issued a colorado marijuana worker i.d. card. every time a plan the is moved, the employee logs it using this software, a fingerprint scanner tracks the employees at every turn. >> there's no scarface, no ak-47s, none of that stuff. there's inspectors from the state all the time. >> reporter: even though ginda pays sales and income tax. >> there's nothing glamorous about this business. it's a struggle trying to operate without a bank account, trying to run a business without being able to take deducks. >> reporter: at his dispensary, he operates in a highly
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competitive marketplace. about 500 stores compete for the 108,000 people on the medical registry. >> you don't see quote, unquote, swag any more. it's all hydrop 0. . >> reporter: could that change when more people, pot tourists from out of state are able to legally buy weed? gindi isn't so sure. >> there's a risk that comes along with it. >> reporter: that might push the federal government into acting. >> right. and i have to make that choice. >> reporter: these marijuana pioneers will probably never convince all of their critics that pot should be legal but they see themselves as the good guys. >> every single person that comes here, when they clock in, they put their finger on a sensor. and they know they're committing a federal crime. they're all here for one reason
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and one reason only, we believe marijuana prohibition is immoral and we have to do something about that. >> reporter: jim spellman, cnn, denver. coming up at 3:00 eastern time, meet some people who decide decided to grow their own marijuana legally. hear from the legislator who is going to put some of the rules into place. that's all straight ahead at 3:00 eastern right here on cnn. next up, the jodi arias murder case is now in the hands of the jury. our legal guys weigh in on whether or not prosecutors proved their case. new regenerist eye and lash duo. the cream smooths the look of lids... softens the look of lines. the serum instantly thickens the look of lashes. see wow! eyes in just one week with olay. i work for 47 different companies. well, technically i work for one. that company, the united states postal service® works for thousands of home businesses. because at® you can pay, print
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the jodi arias case is now in the jury's hands. they started debilitating late yesterday and will get back to it on monday. in his closing arguments yesterday, even jodi arias' own lawyer admitted that she's a liar but he said she is not on trial for lying. our legal guys are back. avery freedman and richard herman. the defense attorneys saying it doesn't matter if you like jodi or not, the bottom line is prosecutors didn't prove their case. so you can't convict her. richard, is that a smart strategy? does he have a good point? >> it's smart strategy. it's the only strategy. by the way, fred, both the prosecution and the defense attorneys "world report" very, very good in this case, fought very, very hard, they gave it
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their all. the prosecutor was like a screw driver. he screwed it in pretty tight. premed taking was his theme, she's a liar, you can't believe anything she says. she's lied to everyone. jurors, she lies to you. nurmi gets up there and breaks apart the premeditation and argues to the jury you can't have it both ways, mr. prosecutor. you can't say she's that smart of a person, brillian, that sly and have her leave the scene the way it was, have her wait some 13 hours -- 13 hours when she got there before he died, drive away surreptitiously with the license plate upside down. it doesn't make sense. if it doesn't make sense, it's not premeditated murder and this is not going to be a conviction on premeditated murder, no way. >> we'll see. yeah. i think if you're the prosecutor in a case like this, i don't care who it is, it's shooting fish in a barrel prosecution.
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the burden really is on defense counsel. you know what, putting everything aside, i think what struck me about the final arguments, closing argument, was that he said, look, jodi could have shot travis in bed, could have shot him a million different times but this was a crime of passion. so the argument i think is a really good one. i don't think it's going to work frankly. i think if you're defending a case like this, the bottom line, fredericka, that's all you've got. she could have killed him otherwise. we believe it's a crime of passion, not first degree. that's it. >> prosecutoprosecutors, their the other hand, juan martinez always very animated, displayed in this case, gruesome photographs from travis alexander's autopsy. there was nothing that was going to be clean about a murder case of this caliber, right? >> that's right. >> one has to wonder, despite the fact that the family members
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of alexander were just crushed in the audience there, having to see this, did the prosecutor have any other recourse but to do that? richard? >> no. he had to do that. he had to do that because it's part of the case. and it was absolutely a slaughter. there's no question about it. it was gruesome and he died a violent death. and jodi arias is the one that did it. the question is, was it premeditated or not. if it's premeditated she's going to face a needle. if it's not premeditated, i think, fred, this jury is eight men, four women. men are much easier on women than women are. women are much tougher on women. >> that doesn't work. >> i do not believe -- please, avery, that's how it is in criminal cases. that's how it is. she is not going to get convicted of first degree murder with eight men on that jury. >> interesting. >> really? >> okay. >> i don't -- all right. we'll see what happens. >> we want to see how long they'll be debilitating.
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>> remember, we have a commitment right there. >> i know. we'll have to rewind the tape. let's move on to the michael jackson wrongful death trial. his mother and children are suing aeg live saying that company is responsible for michael jackson's death because they hired and supervise his doctor, conrad murray. murray as we know, he's serving time after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in jackson's death. the financial problems are now the major part of testimony. we saw that playing out this week. so avery, what did we learn about this case that makes aeg live complicit in the death of michael jackson? >> i'm not sure. we're at the beginning. we heard detective orlando martinez testify. there's so much hearsay in this case, it's going to wind up in the guinness book. martinez testified that dr. murray had eight churn by seven women. who cares. the more important issue was the
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indebtedness. so what the plaintiff's lawyers for the estate are trying to do is simply build up the reasons why aeg should have known michael jackson hired this doctor, again, we are one week into probably fredericka, three more months of this trial. i think the plaintiffs lawyers are feeling good after the first week, let's see what happens here. >> okay. richard? what was the highlight for you in this case this week? >> the highlight, fred, is in the case itself. what is the burden of proof here? the burden they must show is aeg hired and supercriesed dr. conrad murray. that's the big issue. they say they never hire him, they did not supervise him. he was michael jackson's personal attorney for years -- >> doctor. >> we didn't know about the propophol and we didn't know he was a drug addict. >> this is going to be a colossal case. this may be three months but that will be unraveling. >> la toya will testify.
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come on, this is going to be good. >> and the kids. >> and the kids. >> we shall see it all unfold. richard avery, thanks so much. great to see you guys. the legal guys are here every saturday at this time to give us their opinion on the most intriguing legal cases of the day and week. rst day of sch. (little girl) bye bye! made a best friend forever. the back seat of my subaru is where she grew up. what? (announcer) designed for your most precious cargo. (girl) what? (announcer) the all-new subaru forester. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. peoi go to angie's listt for to gauge whether or not the projects will be done in a timely fashion and within budget. angie's list members can tell you which provider is the best in town. you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare.
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if you have a 401(k) you have reason to smile these days. the stock market got a big push from the monthly jobs numbers that came out on friday. a record-breaking day. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange with more for us. >> a milestone day for wall street after a better than expected monthly jobs report. the u.s. economy added 165,000 jobs in april, according to the latest report from the labor department while the unemployment rate fell to 7.5%. the lowest level since december of 2008.
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and february and march numbers, those were revised higher. the labor department says the economy added 114,000 more jobs in those months than previously thought. the economy has added an average of 173,000 jobs a month for the last year but that means march and april were below average months and the economy could be headed for another tough spring and summer. that didn't stop traders from celebrating when the dow touched 15,000 for the first time ever friday morning. and the s&p 500 crossed the 1,600 level for the first time ever. that was especially important because the s&p 500 is more closely watched by investors and it's typically a better reflection of the average american's investments. it's been a while since we've hit a milestone like this. there was a seven-year drought between dow 11,000 and dow 12,000. it took less than a year to get from 12,000 to 14,000 in july of 2007. that makes almost six years
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between 14,000 for the first time and 15,000 for the first time. here's the problem. the upward momentum is being fueled not just by decent job numbers but more so by the federal reserve. the jobs picture is improving but not enough to push the fed out of the mix. another milestone will have to wait for next week. the first close above 15,000. the dow ended friday at 14,973 after a gain of 142 points. pretty good day to end the week. fredericka? >> all right, thanks so much, allison. coming up at the top of the hour we're monitoring the wildfires out in southern california. how the weather could bring much-needed relief and could the fbi or cia have done move to prevent the boston bombings? i'll talk to two members of the homeland security committee about that. and all-star basketball guard kobe bryant is being sued by a new jersey auctioneer. it has to do with a lot of
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